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Online Resources for Parents and Professionals

Online Resources for Parents and Professionals

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Super Duper
 ® 
Handy Handouts!
Number 64
Online Resources forParents and Professionals
by Jennifer Vroom, M.S., CCC-SLP
©2003 Super Duper
®
Publications.All rights reserved.
With millions of websites in existence, finding helpful speech-languageinformation online may feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. In aneffort to ease your frustration, here
s a list of some non-profit educationallinks covering major areas in speech-language therapy and a brief descriptionof what each site has to offer.
Language, Articulation, and More:
Kid Source OnLine
(www.kidsource.com):
Search topics on this webpage and link to relatedarticles for individuals from birth through high school. The site includes parenting tips, a developmentallanguage chart, an online store, organizations to contact, as well as a forum for users to discuss issues.
Speechville Express(www.speech-express.com):
This free resource for families, educators,and medical professionals contains information about articulation, language development, apraxia, stuttering,and other areas within the realm of speech-language pathology. Just take a ride to visit places like:
The Communication Station:
Lists local and regional support groups.
Education Station:
Displays general questions and answers with links to other helpful resources.
Diagnosis Destinations:
Click on topics (e.g., apraxia, articulation disorders) to readdefinition and examples.
The MarketPlace:
 Advertises used therapy equipment and toys.
Apraxia:
Apraxia-Kids (www.apraxia-kids.org):
Whether you
re a family member, caregiver, or professional,this site provides helpful information on apraxia including:
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and answers about apraxia.
 An online monthly newsletter.
The latest on apraxia research.
Families sharing their stories related to apraxia.
 Amessage board and e-mail discussion group.
Childhood Apraxia ofSpeech Association ofNorth America (www.a
 
praxia.org):
CASANAserves as a support system for anyone working with a child affected by apraxia. This site gives:
News updates.
Programs and activities for families and professionals.
 Adescription of apraxia, as well as the effects of apraxia on children/families/professionals.
 
©2003 Super Duper
®
Publications.All rights reserved.
Autism:
Autism Society ofAmerica (www.autism-society.org):
 ASAbelieves in empowering individualsand families of those with autism. By increasing their awareness of current research, various treatmentsand opinions regarding different methods, ASAsupports a
parent choice
philosophy. Users may accessthese links and more:
General information about Autism including
, “
Understanding Autism
,” “
Treatment andEducation
,” “
Living with Autism,
and
Resources.
Local Chapters of ASA, which are listed by state.
Information on advocating for the Autism community.
Resources for parents, care providers, and related professionals.
O.A.S.I.S. (www.udel.edu/bkirb
 
y/asperger/):
Designed by parents of children with Asperger Syndrome, the Online Asperger Syndrome Information & Support homepage presents educationalinformation and links for anyone interested in learning more about this area. Users may access theO.A.S.I.S. bookstore, message boards, and read the latest news on Asperger Syndrome.
Stuttering/Fluency
National Stuttering Association (www.westutter.org):
The NSAconducts monthly chapter meetings across the United States. The group advocates self-help and education on stuttering, providesnational and local support, and strives to increase public awareness/understanding. The site includeshelpful information for families, related professionals, and individuals of all ages who stutter.
Stuttering Foundation ofAmerica (www.stuttersfa.or
 
g):
Working towards better preventionand treatment of stuttering, the SFAadvertises itself as the first nonprofit charitable organization onstuttering in the world. They offer the following services:
Referral Lists -
organizes Speech-Language Pathologists by state and country.
Library Lists -
shows which public libraries carry the Foundation
s materials.
Online catalog -
includes books, videotapes, and workbooks.
Free Information Packets and brochures.
What
s New
-
view the SFAnewsletter and links to other newsworthy articles on stutteringrelated products and events.
Hearing Impaired Resources:
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deafand Hard ofHearing (www.agbell.or
 
g):
 As an information and support center, AG Bell promotes spoken language for individuals with hearingloss. The group hosts educational conferences, workshops, and biennial international conventionsposted on their site. Members of AG Bell include parents, adults who are deaf or hard of hearing,educators, audiologists, SLPs, and other related fields.
Auditory-Verbal International, Inc. (www.auditory-verbal.org):
The philosophy that childrenwho are deaf and hard of hearing should make use of even minimal amounts of hearing through cochlear implants or other types of amplification, serves as the driving force behind AVI. Their site postsauditory-verbal news, information on certification, conferences, scholarships, a parent page, and muchmore.

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